Besiktas linked with surprise move for Boro defender

Besiktas linked with surprise move for Boro defender

Middlesbrough FC could be set to lose defender Ryan Shotton in the summer, according to reports in Turkey.

Turkish paper Takvim claim that Besiktas have identified Ryan Shotton as a possible replacement for Domagoj Vida, who has been linked with a move to West Bromwich Albion.

The Turkish giants are said to be preparing to hold talks with the 31-year-old defender, who they see as the perfect replacement for Vida.

Shotton's current contract expires in the summer transfer window and he is seen as ready-made replacement for Besiktas. Shotton is capable of playing as a right-back or in the centre of defence and Besiktas are attracted by his versatility.

Boro are yet to offer the versatile defender a new deal and there are reports that the club could be willing to let him go on a free transfer at the end of the current campaign.

Shotton has been a regular since his move from Birmingham City in 2017 and has made 17 appearances for Jonathan Woodgate's side in the Championship this season, after missing a portion of it through injury.

He came close to leaving Boro on deadline day in the last summer transfer window, with a proposed £1.6 million deal to Wigan Athletic falling through at the last minute.

The 31-year-old joins Dael Fry and Daniel Ayala as players who have been linked with a move away from the Riverside Stadium this summer, as the club looks to balance its finances. Dael Fry has been linked with a move to the Premier League, whilst Leeds United are expected to secure the signing of Daniel Ayala.

Boro will be looking to reinforce the squad in the summer, with Sheffield Wednesday defender Morgan Fox identified for Boro as a potential replacement.

It remains to be seen if Boro will extend Ryan Shotton's stay at the club, with reports about uncertainty with their financial situation.

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